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Modern Art and Mass Culture

Prerequisites: 
none
Required of: 
Undergraduates

Introduction to theories of modernism and postmodernism and their related art forms (roughly 18th century to present). Focuses on how artists use the tension between fine art and mass culture to critique both. Examines visual art in a range of genres, from painting to video and "relational aesthetics." These art works are viewed in their interaction with advertising, caricature, comics, graffiti, television, fashion, "primitive" art, propaganda, and networks on the internet.